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Spooky Cube - CutCardStock Halloween Blog Hop

Hello crafty friends! Today I'm excited to be part of a great team of fellow CutCardStock teammates who have put together a frightfully good hop of Halloween projects for you. My project is what I call a Spooky Cube! The six sides each feature a letter. Guess what it spells? 

Let me give you a hint. 

That's right! It spells spooky! I thought this would be a fun home decor item to sit on my entry table along with other Halloween decorations. I love that it is interactive and anyone who notices it will surely be tempted to pick it up to solve for the word. 

This cube is 4" square and a decent size. It was simple to construct. I started by cutting the word elements out of a 12 x 12 cardstock from the My Mind's Eye Happy Haunting collection. The word blocks really determined the size of my cube. I chose to cut the squares using Basis Brown cardstock from CutCardStock. I drew in some light tick marks to use as guides for the washi tape placement. 

To begin, I attached the squares together on the back side with some wood grain washi tape from Eyelet Outlet to hold it together while I worked on it. I flipped it over and on the right side of the cardstock, I began to lay my strips of washi so that when folded, a cube would form. 

As I neared completion I folded the piece into a cube and placed my last washi tape to complete the seams, trimming off any I didn't need.

Then it was time to decorate the cube! I made six squares using a scallop square die cutting from more Basis Brown cardstock. I applied various ephemera and stickers from the Happy Haunting collection. I  attached them to the cube with adhesives and brads. 

This was a lot of fun to create it's very sturdy. I have no concerns of it coming apart as it is not fragile at all. I know I can use this for a decoration for years to come. 

Thanks for joining me today! Hop along with us for a chance to win a $40 gift card from the CutCardStock store! To be eligible for the $40 gift card, readers must comment at each stop along the hop or upload a project that includes product from CutCardStock. The winner will be randomly selected via number generator and announced on Monday, October 19th on the CutCardstock Blog and Facebook page.

The next stop is the CutCardStock blog. Below is a full list of blog hop designers. Be sure to visit each designer and leave a comment. 

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How To Mass Produce Cards On a Budget

Here's a delima I faced recently. I promised a set of six handmade thank you cards to every person who ordered above a certain dollar threshold on an online catalog. Sounded good until 14 people followed through! So there I was wondering what I could do that would be special, handmade but not take hundreds of hours and half my paycheck to accomplish. The answer was in front of me the whole time. It was CutCardStock of course!

I've been playing with watercolor lately and it occurred to me I could make small cards ( 3 x 3) with a splash of water color and then stamp an image on the top. It makes them a little out of the ordinary but would be a quicker way to make 84 cards. I remembered I had this cute little pig stamp from an old Stampin' Up set and I thought it would be just the thing for the project.

The next challenge was finding a source for nice quality but still economical cardstock for the project. Time was almost as important as money so I decided it would be best to find ready made card bases with matching envelopes. I found this was not inexpensive however. I checked a few online stores and my local big box stores and found that buying 85 3 x 3 cards with envelopes would have cost as much as $45 dollars and honestly, the quality was questionable. I like my cards to have good weight to them and be similar to cards you can get from a good stationer. The cards I found didn't have the weight on them which is usually a clue that they're light weight. And don't even start about the envelopes! Often they are really lightweight and flimsy.

The answer was of course to purchase everything from CutCardStock. I was able to purchase 100 3 x 3 gray cards with matching envelopes as well as the front panels I would water color for roughly half of what I would have paid for flimsy, plain white cards with no front panels.

Friends, CutCardStock has a large number of options when it comes to mass production of cards. You can customize sizes ready to go or have pieces cut and scored to meet your need using just about all the cardstocks available for sale. In my case, I purchased two packs of 50 ready-made cards and envelopes. I purchased a pack of 25 sheets of Royal Sundance Felt and used their custom cutting services to cut 84 2 3/4" squares to use as my front panel. The best of both worlds!

I recorded a video tutorial on how I mass produced my cards as well as how I made inexpensive but pretty packaging for the 14 sets of cards.

I started by mixing up pink watercolor and painting a quick splash of paint across all 85 white card panels. Once dry, I stamped all of them with my Tickled Pink stamp. I used a small Thank You stamp inside each gray card base and then I folded them all. That was the easiest part since they were already scored! Then I used adhesive to place each panel centered on the card base. Finally, I stamped a small pink flower on the envelope flap to make them just a little more special.

Once the cards were done, I next needed a packaging idea that would look nice but would mail easily and inside a small padded envelope. I decided to use glasine gift bags. For a closure, I used strips of wide glittered washi and dove tailed one end. Washi was perfect as it's a reusable closure that won't tear paper. In the middle of the strip, I glued a stamped thank you medallion made from Royal Sundance Felt. I am very pleased with the pretty look of this packaging. All in all, the thank you cards turned out even better than I expected. Challenge accepted and conquered! 



Drink Up Witches!

Mix yourself up a ghoulishly fun Halloween card with CutCardStock and a few other supplies. This one has a few steps but is so totally worth it to get the look of a transparent glass complete with fizz, bubbles and a few bats to spare!

Because this is hard to get a good photo of, I've made a video tutorial for you. There you can see much better how cool the drink looks on this card.

The A2 card base is formed using Odobo Orange cardstock. It's also used for the goblet rim and stem. The goblet's base shape is made with Stardream Metallic Lagoon. Pop Tones Grape Jelly is used for the card panel mat, the witch's hat band, goblet rim and goblet stem accents. The hat, boots and bats are Basis Black cardstock. The green liquid is Pop Tones Limeade Cardstock. The main card panel is Neenah Classic Crest Solar White. Smaller bits of that were also used for the buckles. To get a metallic look, I colored them with a gold paint marker.

To ink the card panel, I started by covering it with Antique Linen Distress Ink. Then I applied an oval paper mask so I could ink up the night sky around the "glow" without covering it up. After the Antique Linen, I used Oxide inks in Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet and Black Soot. Then I removed the oval mask and applied the negative mask from the oval cut so I could work just on the glow element while protecting the dark areas I had already blended.

To make this area glow and also seem to cast light through the goblet, I needed to make it a bit more green than the Antique Linen by itself. I blended a coat of Cracked Pistachio Oxide ink first. Then I applied a coating of Cosmic Shimmer Opal Blaze Polish in Gilded Avacado. This gave it the perfect greenish glow!

I found the goblet cut file in the Silhouette store but if you don't have a Cameo, you can purchase this file as an .svg and use it on any cutting machine that accepts an .svg file. Except for the main glass goblet shape, I glued 2 layers together to form a more substantial die cut. The hat drink stirrer has three layers so that the stir section looks more dimensional. I applied a fourth hat layer on foam tape for additional dimension. The boots are also lifted on foam tape.

Inside the glass, I applied small areas of glue at the bottom and in vertical lines to the top. Then I applied microglitter in a lime color. I was aiming to create a fizzy look with the glitter. I then applied the cut bubble pieces in the areas of the glitter so the bubbles are coming up with the fizz.

Next I covered the entire goblet with Glossy Accents. The cut cardstock bubbles resisted being covered due to their height and this was another reason I put them on even though I would cover them up eventually. Once dried, I used Beads in a Bottle in Peridot on the bubble cuts. I also applied a few bubbles outside of the glass using the Beads in a Bottle. Then I applied the bat die cuts.

My sentiment was made from a Cricut File. It is the witch figure and the speech bubble. I placed her on a purple and black octagon and converted it to a print then cut graphic. Look for cut #M10001F4A in Design Space.

This is a fun card to make and looks great when completed. Unfortunately, it is hard to get a great picture of it because of the shimmer and shine on and around the goblet. I hope you'll give it a try!